My Health Goals: What Exercise Looks Like Now

by Lauren on August 28, 2012

Good Morning!

Thank you all for your kind comments on my TV appearance. I’m hoping to get the clip to show you guys soon.

I need to start this post with a confession.  Uh oh, here we go! :)

Now don’t worry, I’m not about to bring down your beautiful Tuesday morning with any negative interventions on my life but there is something that I do need to admit that many of you have probably caught on to in the past few months.

I’ve been running again.

If you remember, last fall I came clean and expressed that I had been overdoing it on the running and thought that it may have been the cause of some female problems I was experiencing. I backed off for a few months and underwent some treatment for a small condition (nothing to worry about).

Since then, life got a little crazy and after stopping my treatments, I began to find myself back into running as a way to relieve stress and focus on something other than what was going on.

So even though I found myself back to the sport that I loved so passionately, I looked at it in a whole new way.  I was no longer running every day just because it was all I knew.  I was learning to appreciate my body more and realize its potential in other areas of endurance.  I began working with a trainer to put less focus on cardio and more on strength.  I sought out other forms of exercise and developed a whole new appreciation for yoga!

So where am I now you ask?

Good question.  I guess I don’t have a definitive answer for you other than I’m happy with the balance I’m embracing.  I still run a few days a week, I teach RPM two days a week, I lift or take Body Pump 2 days a week, and have committed myself to a yoga class once a week.  Overall, my body is being transformed in ways I never knew was possible and I’m truly happy with the results.

Now this is where I am at right now.  It’s not going to stay like this forever as I know I have a long road ahead of me and at one point, I’ll need to begin treatment again.  During that time, my workout routines will change and I’m going to have to be okay with that.  Our bodies are not meant to be in a constant form of extreme motion ALL OF THE TIME and I honestly know and feel that it’s so good to take extended breaks.  Sometimes that break may be a week, other times it’s a month or two and maybe it’s even longer, but the point is, it’s different for everyone and for every stage of life.  Everyone has a goal that they are working towards in their own health and you just have to realize and accept that these goals are entirely different for each person.

What I’m trying to say is don’t compare yourself.  Just because one person is running 30 miles a week or has become a CrossFit junkie (no offense to my CrossFit lovers you know I love you dearly) it doesn’t mean that this type of routine is right for you at this point in your life.  Your health should be your ultimate goal always.  So find out what that means for you and go for it.

Okay, I’m glad I could address that now let’s move on to lighter things like dinner last night.

Both Toly and I got home rather late last night and we were too excited to see the news clip than to think about dinner.  After it aired, we decided to celebrate by going out to dinner at one of our favorite spots right down the road, Cafe Magnolia.


I swear I have ordered other things and Cafe Mag does have quite an impressive and elaborate menu but I seem to always crave this perfect salad.  Baby spinach, mandarin orange, dried cranberries, roasted almonds and goat cheese.  I add a piece of grilled salmon because let’s face it, what could be better right?

Breakfast this morning stared a freshly opened jar of Sunflower Seed Butter.  Does anyone else find pure joy in opening up a new jar of nut butter and giving it a stir?  Okay next confession, who licks the knife? <Guilty!

I’m out of Trader Joe’s Sunbutter but the MaraNatha is my second favorite.



  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • Natures Path Multigrain Flax Plus Flakes
  • Strawberries/Banana
  • Chia
  • Sunbutter
  • Almond Milk
I am loving strawberries and banana in my cereal lately.
Now that we’ve gotten through breakfast, I guess that means it’s appropriate to talk about dessert.

Remember this? Want the recipe?

I just posted it on the NAG blog.  You’re welcome! :)

Okay friends, time to get moving.  Have a fabulous day!


What is your health goal?  Do you ever find yourself comparing your fitness goals to others without really taking into effective your personal account? 

Tip of the day:

Have you ever bought peaches that weren’t quite ripe?  A great way to speed up the ripening process is to place an overripe banana with the stone fruit.  The banana releases a gas called ethylene that causes other fruits to accelerate their acids and ripe faster.


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